What is the best way to lose weight without being extreme ?
The answer to the question of how to lose weight without being extreme is multi-faceted. There are several aspects that are important when it comes to healthy eating and losing weight that involve both food choices as well as eating behaviours.
What are your food choices?
Firstly is important that the food you choose to eat is healthy and full of nutrients. Your food should include protein, healthy fat, vitamins and minerals. Your food choices are important because in order for your bodily to perform optimally you need good nutrition from your food.
which food groups should you choose?
The second part of healthy eating is that you should be eating from all the different food groups and that food should be delicious. If you eat food that isn’t delicious, especially if you are dieting, it leads to inappropriate snacking and it’s not usually of the healthy variety. Also if your eating is very restrictive and you exclude major food groups it makes it very difficult to eat out or socialise or even share a meal with your family. It really is possible to eat from all food groups and still be healthy or lose weight if that is what your goal is.
Conscious or mindful eating
The next aspect of your food journey that is really important is to eat with consciousness or mindfully. So for example if you have a food in front of you whether it be healthy or not its always good to go through a thought checklist first. Are you really hungry? Do you need that food? If you don’t need the food but still want it then decide whether it has to be an enormous portion and so forth. If you go ahead with eating the food make sure to enjoy and luxuriate in eat bite so that its not necessary to overdo things. By doing this mental checklist and eating your food with deliberate thought and mindfulness it enables you to eat with much more consciousness. This is a great tool to teach yourself to eat what you want but eat it moderately and with some thought.
Is portion important
Eating the correct portion is probably one of the more important factors in a weight loss program. Essentially weight loss is an equation. If you eat less energy that your body is using then you should lose weight. Or if you eat more energy or calories than your body is burning off you will lose weight. So the nuts and bolts of your weight loss program working is to make sure that you are eating less energy than you are burning by being mindful of your portion sizes
Now that we’ve covered the basics how do we make sure that the food we eat is both nutritious and above all delicious too. This step takes some planning and thought. The advice I often give to clients who are trying to lose weight is to gather a repertoire of delicious, healthy recipes (i often include these in meal plans or you can go to….. where I have done some of the planning for you) and begin building a group of recipes that your family love. Then the next step of the plan is to take those recipes with you to the shops or use the recipes to write your shopping list for the week and make sure that you have the ingredients to make your recipes. Without planning healthy eating or weight loss is much more difficult to manage.
If you need some help with your planning there are resources on this website (http://sandtondiet.co.za) to help get you going. There are two week dinner planners as well as a one month meal planner, which all include recipes, to get you going on your healthy eating or weight loss journey.
have you tried everything in this article and still can’t lose weight?
If you have tried all these strategies and you are still feeling stuck then have a look at these this article 5 top reasons you can’t lose weight or have a look at Top 10 diet tips and tricks for successful weight loss to see if there any extra bits that you may be missing out on.
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